Braves broadcasts move in Atlanta


Good bye Clear Channel, hello Dickey Broadcasting Company. The Atlanta Braves have a new five-year contract to make WCNN-AM and WNNX-FM their new hometown flagship stations.

You can’t tell the players without a program, so here is how this works. Dickey Broadcasting Company, which owns WCNN-AM “680 The Fan,” is owned by the Dickey family separate and apart from their holdings in publicly traded Cumulus Media.

“The Atlanta Braves are the most popular sports team in Atlanta, and we’re ecstatic to add them to our market-leading programming on 680 The Fan and Rock 100.5,” said David Dickey, President of Dickey Broadcasting Company. Dickey Broadcasting Company will also manage the Braves radio network, including some 150 stations spread out across the Southeast US.

But Cumulus Media, headed by brother Lew Dickey, is also involved. It manages and owns a small stake in Cumulus Media Partners, which owns WNNX-FM. So, no doubt, Lew will have good tickets to the games.

Clear Channel’s WGST-AM had been the flagship station for the Braves since 2005, with the games simulcast on sister WKLS-FM.